TSCRA Participates in Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

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By U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef TSCRA is one of the founding members of a group of U.S. beef value chain participants including producers, processors, retailers, foodservice operators, packers, allied industry and non-governmental organizations which has launched the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB). The roundtable’s purpose is to identify sustainability indicators, establish verification methodologies, and generate field project data to test and confirm sustainability concepts for use throughout the U.S.  Read More…

Attend Ranch Gathering March 13 in Waxahachie

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TSCRA and the World Black Hereford Association will host a ranch gathering on Friday, March 13 at the Ellis County Youth Expo Center in Waxahachie. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in Coastal Bend

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TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, Dist. 24 in the Coastal Bend area, reports 7 head of cattle missing from a property near Nada on the southern Colorado – west Wharton County line. Missing are 2 solid black heifers, 4 black heifers with white or mottled faces and 1 brindle white-face cow. The cows have a light blue tag  in their left ears and no brands. If you have any information regarding these heifers, please call Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209.

WLFW predictability planning is gaining ground in Texas

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Habitat improvements for the Lesser Prairie Chicken are growing as more voluntary conservation planning support through Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) is being developed in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), working through the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) along with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in the state. Read more…

Texas crops, weather, for March 3, 2015

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Texas’ average temperatures have increased about 1.5 degrees since the 1970s, according to the Texas state climatologist. While this may not seem like much of an increase to most people, it’s enough to increase the evapotranspiration of plants and loss of surface water by several percent, making droughts more severe. Read more…

Take advantage of Cattle Raisers Convention pre-registration prices before March 13

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Your last day to take advantage of discounted pre-registration prices for the Cattle Raisers Convention is March 13. Save big bucks and make sure your seat is reserved for all the events that sell out quick! Registration will be available onsite, but availability of tickets to some events cannot be guaranteed. Avoid disappointment and register today. Read more…

Conservation program applications accepted at NRCS offices statewide

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Applications for funding opportunities with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are currently being accepted at all NRCS offices across Texas. NRCS in Texas has received its initial allocation of EQIP funding for 2015 and will begin ranking and obligating contracts after April 17, 2015. All agriculture producers interested in submitting a contract application for 2015 should do so before this ranking deadline. EQIP — one of the largest programs in the Farm Bill — is a voluntary conservation program that promotes environmental quality and assists producers to meet local, state and federal regulations. Read more…

APHIS extends comment period on changes to marketing rules

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Producers, livestock markets and other stakeholders have another month to comment on proposed rule changes governing how the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) approves facilities that receive livestock for interstate commerce, along with other rules affecting marketing facilities. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

TDA Market Recap, March 3, 2015

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For the week ending Feb. 28, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly higher, ranging from $2 to $4 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales for head below 850 lbs. were $2 to $9 lower. Fed cattle weekly cash sales were lower at $156 per cwt, but wholesale beef values were higher with Choice Grade increasing $7.17 to $247.48 per cwt and Select Grade gaining $7.78 to $245.57. Net export sales for Feb. 13-19 were higher at 13,900 metric tons (MT), up 29 percent from the previous week. Export shipments were consistent with the week before. Read more…

Beef checkoff completes research study on consumer content needs

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The beef checkoff recently conducted a Content Search Analysis Research Study to uncover the content needs of consumers actively seeking information about beef and competitive proteins online. This study identified how consumers are searching for this information on the web through tools such as Google and Bing Search. Read more…

Information sought on theft of calves from Braum's Farms in Follett

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Special Ranger Ben Eggleston is seeking information on the theft of 1,121 head of Holstein/Jersey cross steer calves from a Braum’s dairy farm near Follett in the Texas Panhandle. Employees at Braum’s Farms noticed the steer calves, weighing from 300 to 750 pounds, each, were missing after doing their 2014 yearly inventory. The dairy farm is located on the border of Lipscomb County, Texas, and Ellis County, Okla. Anyone with further information regarding this case should contact TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333 or call Special Ranger Eggleston at 806-852-4741. A cash reward of $10,000 may be paid to individuals who can provide useful information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of suspect(s). Individuals reporting information may choose to remain anonymous. Read more…

FDA releases progress report on use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its second progress report on its strategy to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. In December 2013, the agency took a significant step forward in addressing antimicrobial resistance by publishing Guidance #213, which calls on animal drug sponsors of approved medically important antimicrobials administered through medicated feed or water to remove from their product labels indications for use related to growth promotion, and bring the remaining therapeutic uses of these products under the oversight of a veterinarian by December 2016. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Cow-Calf Corner: 2015 beef production smaller than expected so far; Prolapses in beef cows

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In the March 2 edition of Cow/Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrel Peel talks 2015 beef production numbers and Glenn Selk discusses the types of beef cow prolapses and what they could mean when it comes to culling decisions. Read more…

Information sought on theft at Presidio USDA facility

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TSCRA Special Ranger Mike Barr is seeking information on the theft of 3 horses and a mule from a United States Department of Agriculture facility in Presidio, Texas. Read more…

Deadline to submit your YCC application only a few days away

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TSCRA partners with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) to see that leadership development for both organizations is successful. That is why TSCRA is committed to sending delegates each year to NCBA’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). The YCC tour has proven to be an effective vehicle in identifying and developing potential leaders. Applications are due by March 1. Read more…

White House unveils new plan to boost exports from rural America

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The Obama administration on Thursday announced a series of initiatives aimed at helping farms and businesses in rural America access overseas markets, noting that those markets could be dramatically widened by the conclusion of ambitious free trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and with the European Union. Read more at Agri-Pulse…

Economist says 2015 should be good for beef producers

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Cattle prices should remain strong for 2015, after a brief dip during the past two months, according to an LSU AgCenter beef cattle economist. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Feb. 24, 2015

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A major winter storm system moved across the Lower to Mid-Mississippi Valley and Southeast during the middle of this USDM week, followed by another system at the end of the week which moved out of the Southern Plains and across the Southeast. The storm systems mostly missed the Gulf of Mexico coastal areas, which generally received less than half an inch of moisture. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddles, tack, other items stolen in Northwestern Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northwestern Oklahoma, reports the theft of saddles, tack and other items from a horse trailer in Nowata County.  On Feb. 8 a thief or thieves cut a padlock on a horse trailer to steal a Dale Martin USTRC 2003 Red Rock Classic roping saddle with a 15 1/2-inch seat; a Corriente 2012 Gabriel Ortega Benefit Champion Header roping saddle with a 16-inch seat; a CSI saddle pad; numerous other saddle pads; headstalls with bits and reins; tie-downs; assorted splints, bell and skid boots; Classic Rope bag and assorted nylon team roping ropes; buckets; a hanging trailer bag and hay bags; Champion brand generators, yellow lawn chairs and a Black and Decker tool set. If you have any Read more…

Cameron County cattle fever tick preventative quarantine area update and frequently asked questions

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In October 2014, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed the presence of cattle fever ticks on Cameron County premises located outside of the permanent quarantine zone. In order to protect the land, premises, and animals from exposure to cattle fever ticks, the TAHC created a temporary preventative quarantine area (TPQA) in Cameron County, which became effective Oct. 7, 2014. To date, there are 16 infested premises that have been identified in Cameron County. Read more…